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prohibitions took effect. >>> today president obama talked about immigration reform and a pass to citizenship in the diverse bay area. immigration is not just a political issue but an economic one. the president spoke in las vegas but his speech was followed closely here in the bay area. nbc's kris sanchez watched the speech with immigrants rights advocates in eas san jose. kris, how did they receive this message? is. >> reporter: they were hanging on every word. all of it was very well received in one of the south bay's most vocal immigrant communities. as president obama talked about comprehensive immigration reform in las vegas, people were hanging on to every word in the sank we're of our lady of guadeloupe church in san jose including this mother who tells me she is here illegally after six tries across the border. after this speech she said she no longer thinks citizenship is just a dream. garcia is ready to come out of the shadows, as president obama put it. a volunteer acting together says families may not have to live in constant fear of deportation. >> the children, the children are
yesterday mr. obama outlined his plan for reform. so what will it mean for california and the nation? let's bring in political analyst lay larry gerston. nothing is random in politics so why now? >> reporter: it's about the numbers, raj. latinos are now 17% of the nation. they were 10% of the vote in 2012, and that's up from 2% in 1992. politically latinos no longer can be ignored especially as they get close to influencing outcomes in red states like arizona and texas as they have already done in new mexico, colorado, and florida. >> you bring up latino voters who are citizens, so why is immigration such a big issue? is it a trickle down effect? >> great question. i think there are two reasons. >> reporter: of course they recall the difficulties with gaining their citizen shship an second, many have relatives or friends here illegally because democrats have pressed this issue and republicans have resisted it more than seven out of at the point latino voters voted for barack obama, the democrat,2012. there's your connection. >> so it's a big issue around the country but especially i would
children to up here on a milk cartonpresident obama urging congress to take action on immigration reform. what he wants done. president obama says "now is immigration. this was his arrival in las challenged congress to act quickly on a plan to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. catherine heenan is here with the story. >> catherine: it's no coincidence that the latino vote is the fastest growing in the u.s. both democrats and republicans finally seem ready to tackle the immigration issue together. the president says congress is showing a 'genuine desire to get this thing done soon'. >> the president is seizing on a groundswell of support for rewriting immigration law. speaking at a las vegas high school.he says he wants to put 11-million illegal immigrants living here in the u.s. on a clear path to citizenship. saying - they have to earn it. been of this will involve a background check,".paying taxes.learning english.getting to the back of the line.etc" because other people that want to come here legally are in front of the line. >> catherine: a bipartisan group of senators proposed t
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